First Night Virginia: December 31
First Night Virginia has become a fixture on the wintertime calendar of central Virginia as an annual community event. The original First Night was celebrated in Boston in 1976. Since then, 200 cities in North America and others around the world have joined the First Night family. Charlottesville's First Night Virginia celebration was the SECOND in the nation. The mission of First Night Virginia is to bring families together and unite the community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts in Charlottesville on New Year's Eve. Throughout the night, there are fabulous musicians, magicians, storytellers, puppet shows, and entertainers galore. First Night Virginia, a self-supporting nonprofit organization, is dedicated to high quality programming that is affordable, accessible, and alcohol-free.